Monday, January 24, 2011

North Carolina's Racial Justice Act

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

"Near the top of the to-do list for many GOP members of North Carolina's newly Republican-controlled legislature will be repeal of the state's Racial Justice Act, approved during the 2009 session in a series of party-line votes.

"The law allows judges to consider whether race played a role in the decision to seek or impose the death penalty, and it provides the authority to commute a death sentence to life in prison if evidence of racial bias is found."

Here is the article in its entirety.

For statistics on race and capital punishment, check out the Death Penalty Information Center. For some helpful analysis, visit Amnesty International.